Samson and Samuel Ogoshi were extradited to the US by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stand trial for sexually extorting numerous young men and teenage boys in the Western District of Michigan and other US cities.
Following a request from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the commission, which had started the extradition proceedings at the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Ogoshis and one Ezekiel Robert for the exploitation of minors and the production of pornography, facilitated the transfer of the suspects to the FBI on Sunday.
On December 1, 2022, the Ogoshis and Ezekiel were charged with exploitation of minors that resulted in death and conspiracy to sexually exploit minors by coercing children into creating child pornographic photographs that the defendants then used as leverage against them.
The suspects are also accused of conspiring to distribute child pornography, which includes mailing photographs to kids, their families, and friends, as well as conspiring to engage in online stalking, according to a statement released yesterday by the EFCC's spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.
The penalties for the offences range from five years to twenty years in jail.
Particularly, Samuel was accused of being responsible for the death of Jordan DeMay, 17, of Marquette, Michigan, who was said to have shot himself in the head in March 2022.
Investigations indicate that the suspects planned to extort both adults and adolescents in the United States of America using sex as the basis.
The group is accused of hacking into several social media accounts while acting as young, attractive ladies to lure unaware victims into sending their obscene photos.
The victims were subsequently subjected to blackmail using these images, which led to their being forced to make significant payments.
Ezekiel was captured in Nasarawa State by EFCC agents while the Ogoshis were apprehended sometime in February 2023 around Lagos' Ojo axis.
But Robert, the third defendant, is still awaiting extradition.